I have now knit 10 socks from the same pattern, Susan B Anderson’s “How I Make My Socks.” I have heard knitters complain about second sock syndrome (or second mitten syndrome). . . but I have yet to experience it. Indeed, I have found this practice of sock after sock to be meditative in the best kind of ways.
Practically speaking, it means I have a project I can take with me anywhere–and particularly now that I am super comfortable with the pattern–I rarely need to check in on the sock itself. It also means that everyone in my family and my BFFs all have hand knit socks on their feet. Love.
These 10 socks have also taught me a lot about the basics of top-down sock construction with a heel flap, gusset decreases, and a square toe–including Kitchener stitch, which I can probably do in my sleep at this point. These 10 socks have made me feel ready to venture out into the big, bad, wonderful world of sock patterns and designs that I could really only dream of at this time last year.
While I do not plan to leave these 10 stockinette socks behind, I am excited to have some plans for bigger (knee socks!) and more complex making. Next up are some Hippity Hop knee socks from The Loop that I will knit in Miss Babs–whoa! never used her yarn before and I am super excited to try it out!! And I have been reading Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting Master Class bedore bed each night in hopes that my sleeping brain will absorb all of the information.
What’s on your needles?